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New AICPA Advisory Group to Focus on Accounting Talent Shortage

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On July 31, 2023, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced the formation of a National Pipeline Advisory Group (Group) to help shape a national strategy to address the accounting profession’s talent shortage. The Group’s work is part of a multi-pronged approach that includes an intensive effort to use technology, surveys and in-person forums to solicit insights and input from diverse groups around the country. The strategy is expected to address the profession's image, educational and experience requirements and short- and long-term actions that address the profession's human capital needs.

According to a public announcement made by the AICPA, 

"The CPA pipeline is a shared concern for everyone in the accounting profession. In response, the AICPA convened a National Pipeline Advisory Group to study the hurdles, assess and address contributing factors, and develop a plan for the profession that is inclusive of its many stakeholders. The Group, which began meeting this month, includes leaders from state CPA societies, state boards of accountancy, academia, firms of all sizes, and professional groups."

Initial members of the National Pipeline Advisory Group are:

  • Jeannine Birmingham, CPA, CAE, CEO, Alabama Society of CPAs
  • Ken Bouyer, CIA, EY Americas DEI recruiting leader and member of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Susan Coffey, CPA, CGMA, CEO of Public Accounting, AICPA
  • Daniel J. Dustin, CPA, Vice President of State Relations, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
  • Joe Falbo, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Szymkowiak & Associates CPAs, PC, and past president of the New York State Society of CPAs
  • Jonathan Hauser, CPA, Partner at KPMG and chair of the Illinois CPA Society
  • Angela Ho, CPA, CGMA, Chief Compliance Officer, OceanFirst Bank
  • Kathy Johnson, CPA, CFF, CGMA, Vice President, JS Held, adjunct professor, California State University, San Bernadino and past chair, California Society of CPAs
  • Lori Kaiser, CPA, CGMA, Founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting, LLC and past chair, Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Lexy Kessler, CPA, CGMA, Mid-Atlantic Regional Leader, Aprio and board member, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Krisher, CPA, CEO/Chairman, Maher Duessel CPAs and president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs board
  • Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs
  • Tom Neill, CPA (retired), Uniform Accountancy Act committee chair
  • Michelle F. Randall, CPA, CGMA, Accounting Professor, Schoolcraft College and chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs
  • Jodi Ann Ray, CAE, President and CEO, Texas Society of CPAs
  • Marcus Rayner, Managing Director, U.S. Public Policy at PwC
  • Rick Reisig, CPA, Principal, Pinion, LLC, and board chairman, NASBA
  • Kimberly Scott, CAE, President and CEO, Washington Society of CPAs
  • Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA, Chief Transformation Officer, BPM and board member, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • Mark Taylor, CPA, Director, University of South Florida’s Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and 2023-24 president, American Accounting Association
  • Emily Walker, CAE, Vice President, Advocacy, Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Shelly Weir, President and CEO, Florida Institute of CPAs

The Group will report on its progress at the AICPA’s Fall Council meeting in October 2023.

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